"I know chicken dishes are a great favourite in many families, so I’ve included plenty of recipes here", says Mary to introduce her latest cookbook, Simple Comforts, packed with hearty, wholesome recipes to feed the whole family. Brimming with nifty midweek and weekend dinner ideas that make the most of a whole chicken or a pack of chicken breasts or thighs, it's a treasure trove of recipes for chicken-loving cooks and has prompted us to put together our favourite Mary Berry chicken recipes from acoss her cookbooks.
Mary's latest version of roast chicken comes with a tarragon, ginger and lemon butter slathered under the skin before cooking. Roasted on top of meltingly soft onions, and served with rich homemade gravy, this is a must for an autumn Sunday dinner.
Chicken Hot Pot with Potato Topping from Simple Comforts by Mary Berry
A healthy, hearty dinner, this chicken and mushroom stew is topped with slices of golden potato. Dish it out into comforting bowlfuls with crusty bread to mop up the juices.
An all-in-one traybake dinner, this is one of the best ways to cook chicken so all the juices meld and mix with the vegetables as they cook. Mary has added preserved lemons for a Middle-Eastern citrus tang.
Warm Chicken & Dill Salad with Mustard & Parmesan Dressing from Simple Comforts by Mary Berry
With crispy chicken, crunchy lettuce and a creamy Parmesan dressing, this is a bit of a riff on Caesar salad, but with plenty of dill, pickles and paprika to give it some oomph.
Chicken and Fennel Fricassee from Simple Comforts by Mary Berry
This is a great midweek supper, pairing chicken with fennel, crème fraîche and tarragon. "We like chicken thighs, skinned but left on the bone for full flavour, but you could also use skinned chicken breasts", recommends Mary.
These sweet, smoky marinated drumsticks could not be simpler to throw together, roasted until gnarly and eaten with sticky fingers around a November bonfire.
Make chicken breasts a bit more interesting by topping them with a combination of lemony cream cheese and Parmesan breadcrumbs for lovely moisture and crunch. Bake in the oven with a selection of seasonal veg for a healthy meal.
"An old favourite of mine and one the family still love", says Mary. With a few storecupboard basics, you can make a BBQ-style marinade within minutes. Roast in the oven until gnarly, sticky and sweet.
Crispy chorizo, paprika, mushrooms and cream form the foundation of this baked chicken recipe, cooked all in one dish so all the flavours meld together deliciously. Serve with rice.
Inspired by the Mediterranean tricolore salad, Mary combines chicken and avo with a zesty pesto dressing in this simple and healthy salad.